Assange’s wife vows to fight Julian’s extradition to the US
Dark day for press freedom she says
Stella Assange the wife of the jailed Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange has vowed to use every legal recourse to prevent her husband’s extradition to the US. She said, Friday after the British Home Secretary Priti Patel approved his extradition to face espionage charges.
Assange, 51, is wanted by the US government on 18 counts including a charge relating to Wikileaks publishing confidential US military data and diplomatic cables revealing its disastrous campaign in Iraq and Afghanistan. Washington claims the data dump put US personnel in danger.
Hailed by many activists as a hero of press freedom, he is a victimised by the state because he had exposed illicit doings in Afghanistan and Iraq and his trial was an attack on journalism and freedom of expression.
“We’re going to fight this. We’re going to use every appeal avenue,” Stella Assange told journalists, calling the decision a “travesty”. “I’m going to spend every waking hour fighting for Julian until he is free, until justice is served.”
His brother Gabriel Shipton, said new information including the assassination plot by the CIA will be included in the new appeal which has to be submitted within 14 days.
“We’re not at the end of the road here,” Stella Assange said, calling Patel’s decision “a dark day for press freedom and for British democracy”.
The Home Office concluded that the courts had found that extradition did not violate his human rights, including that of fair trial and freedom of expression, and that he would be treated fairly in US custody.
Wikileaks came into prominence in when it published a U.S. military video in 2010 showing a 2007 attack by Apache helicopters in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, including two journalists.
His appeal extradition might eventually end up in the UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. He is currently still in remand at the high security HMP Belmarsh.
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